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Jamaica Edging Towards 50,000 COVID-19 Cases

The latest COVID-19 case count in Jamaica has increased to 49,735. Meanwhile, the death toll from the virus numbers 1,037. The latest victims are a 52-year-old woman from St. Elizabeth, an 89-year-old woman who lived in Kingston, and a 55-year-old Westmoreland woman. The Ministry of Health confirmed 23 new COVID-19 cases from 286 samples, in a recent report. The positivity […]

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Jamaica’s COVID-19 Death Count Passes 1,000

More than a thousand people in Jamaica have now died from COVID-19. The Ministry of Health on Monday reported 14 additional fatalities, pushing the death toll to 1,011. Eleven of the deaths were recorded in Manchester, two in St. Ann and one in Kingston. The Ministry of Health says the deaths occurred between January 27 and June 12. Two more […]

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7-9 Percent Growth Projected For Jamaica’s Economy

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is projecting that the economy will grow within the range of seven percent to nine percent during the April to June 2021 quarter. Director General of the PIOJ, Dr. Wayne Henry, who made the announcement, said this outlook is based on “the commencement of the recovery process relative to the low output levels recorded […]

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Jamaica Set To Get 3,000 New Hotel Rooms Soon

Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, says the ground is to be broken for 3,000 hotel rooms over the next few months. Speaking at a virtual ground-breaking ceremony for the new Sandals Dunn’s River Resort in St. Ann, on May 26, the Minister also noted that he recently concluded, in Spain, arrangements for another 1,000 rooms. He said that of the […]

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Minister Maintains Bullish Outlook For Jamaica’s Tourism Sector

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said the latest arrival figures have indicated that Jamaica’s tourism sector will end the year in a strong position. He noted that there could up to 450,000 visitors for June, July and August, with an average about 130,000 to 150,000 people per month.  “We’ve done more than 30,000 visitors already for the month of June […]

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Jamaica’s Economy Takes A Big Hit

According to the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), the Jamaican economy contracted by 5.7% in the January to March quarter compared with the corresponding period in 2020.  PIOJ Director General Dr. Wayne Henry says this out-turn continues to reflect the impact of the global pandemic. However, there has been a gradual tempering of the rate of contraction as indicated by […]

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$1.3 Billion Harmony Beach Park Opens In Montego Bay

The Harmony Beach Park in Montego Bay, St. James, developed at a cost of $1.3 billion, was officially opened by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, recently. Among the amenities on the 16-acre park are 132 parking spaces, restroom facilities, an activity center, a jogging trail, a promenade along the beach, and a multipurpose court. There will also be […]

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Jamaica — PM Says Persons Must Be Given Opportunity To Use Unutilized Assets

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says persons must be given the opportunity to use unutilized assets of Government agencies, in order to maximize their potential. “There are many agencies in Jamaica, they hold lands, buildings and other assets, and sometimes they are just there languishing on balance sheets, not being utilized, and not realizing the value that they […]

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CARPHA Says No To The Use Of Ivermectin To Treat COVID-19

Following calls by members of the medical fraternity in Jamaica for the use of the drug Ivermectin to fight the COVID-19 disease, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says it does not support the use of the drug Ivermectin outside of well-regulated clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19. The agency opines that there is limited evidence available to assure […]

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Jamaica — Doctors Call For The Use Of Ivermectin To Fight COVID-19

According to press reports, a group of doctors has written a letter to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton, calling for the use of Ivermectin, a medication used to treat many types of parasite infestations, in the country’s fight against COVID-19. The doctors noted that from mid-2020, an ever-increasing number of credible reports, studies, and publications had […]